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Time to Act: A Call for Comprehensive Responses to HIV in People WhoUse Drugs
Jan 16th, 2012 - 12:12:52
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Time to Act: A Call for Comprehensive Responses to HIV in People Who Use
Chris Beyrer, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Michel
Kazatchkine, Michel Sidibe, Steffanie A Strathdee
The published work on HIV in people who use drugs shows that the global
burden of HIV infection in this group can be reduced. Concerted action by
governments, multilateral organizations, health systems, and individuals
could lead to enormous benefits for families, communities, and societies.
The authors of this paper review the evidence and identify synergies
between biomedical science, public health, and human rights. Cost-effective
interventions, including needle and syringe exchange programs, opioid
substitution therapy, and expanded access to HIV treatment and care are
supported on public health and human rights grounds; however, only around
10 percent of people who use drugs worldwide are being reached, and far too
many are imprisoned for minor off ences or detained without trial.
To change this situation will take commitment, advocacy, and political
courage to advance the action agenda. Failure to do so will exacerbate the
spread of HIV infection, undermine treatment programs, and continue to
expand prison populations with patients in need of care.
The article is available below in English, Chinese, Farsi, French,
Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
Links to these languages:
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